By ALEX MICELI
DUBLIN, Ohio – Richie Ramsay’s most significant goal of the summer – to make the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad that will compete in Ireland this September – may cost him a shot at defending his U.S. Amateur title at Olympic Club.
Ramsay, disappointed by his poor play in four starts on the PGA Tour this season, says he will return home to Scotland following the U.S. Open to get his game in better shape. He is so intensely focused on the Walker Cup – to be played at Royal County Down Sept. 8-9 – he may stay closer to home when the U.S. Amateur tees off Aug. 20-26.
“It’s the U.S. Amateur . . . and I would love to play it again,” said Ramsay, the Scotsman who captured last summer’s U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine. “But it’s just whether it fits in with my plans.”
Ramsay turns 24 June 15. He played in the last Walker Cup in 2005, part of a GB&I side that lost a one-point match to the U.S. at Chicago Golf Club.
He said he needs to show more game than he has lately in spot starts on the PGA Tour. Starting at the Masters, he missed four cuts in as many starts and wants to turn his attention to the amateur circuit back home and improving his short-iron play. He wants to show he can play well enough to contribute to his side’s Walker Cup cause.
“I want to get on that team,” said Ramsay, who shot 77-73 and missed the cut at Memorial.
He realizes GB&I captain Colin Dalgleish needs to see more to judge whether Ramsay is worthy of selection.
“I just need to show him that I can shoot good scores under pressure and compete with the guys,” Ramsay said. “Obviously, it’s difficult to play in professional tournaments . . . I just need to prove to him that I’m worthy of getting on the team. I’ll get back and play some amateur tournaments, and then I’ll be going out to win them, that’s first and foremost. There’s nothing better than winning a tournament to give you a bit of confidence.”
Later this autumn, Ramsay plans to go to PGA European Tour Q-School.